Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will you support my birth if I have an epidural?
Of course!! There is a common misconception that doulas only support unmedicated home births. Harding Hatchlings attends all birthing locations, and supports any birth you have. There is never any judgement.
Q: I want a postpartum massage, but I’m not sure what to do with my baby while I relax!
No problem! I happen to have a knack for babywearing while massaging. So both you and your little one will be well cared for and pampered.
Q: How do you determine your rates?
All rates (birth, postpartum, massage and lactation support) have been carefully chosen based on experience, advanced certifications and many hours of continuing education. Our rates are comparable for Westchester County, NY.
Q: Is a doula like a midwife?
A midwife in New York State is a registered nurse (RN) who has had additional trainings in labor and delivery, who replaces an ob/gyn. A doula is a non-medical support person who is experienced and specially trained in the perinatal phase of life. Doulas work in hospitals, home births and birthing centers, with both midwives and obstetricians. We are hired by the client/parent directly.
Q: My partner will be at the birth with me. Do I really need a doula if they are present?
A doula will never replace your partner as your primary support person, but will support both of you. ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) recommends all pregnant persons hire a doula. Together, your doula, partner and practitioner will serve you and ensure you have a fully supported, positive and safe birthing experience.
Q: How do I book you for my birth/postpartum?
Click on the Contact tab, and send us a message! Please include your location, EDD, birthing location and a bit about yourself and overall birth or postpartum goals. From there, we will determine availability and set up an interview. Interviews offered in person, by phone call or FaceTime. A face to face meeting is preferred.
Q: How do you become a Doula?
Start by researching various certifying bodies (DONA, CAPPA, The Matrona, DTI, ICEA and more) and find which values follow your own; they each differ slightly. Head over to DONA.org and click the “become a doula” tab!
Q: What is the ‘tier system’?
This system is often used by doula collectives or agencies, rather than solo practices or partnerships. The system is based solely on hands on experience, which determines a set rate for birth support. Being that Harding Hatchlings is a solo practice (with additional hire to back-up doulas) we have chosen not to utilize this system. Our advanced certifications, many trainings, continuing education and skill sets, apart from experience, and various expenses, determine our collective worth. For an in-depth breakdown, please contact us and we will supply this information.
Q: How long will you stay with me postpartum?
At Harding Hatchlings, our postpartum doula contracts are only for the first 12 weeks of life, or 3 months postpartum. Our goal, like DONA, is to work ourselves out of a job and foster maximum confidence and knowledge in the new family. If necessary, and when availability allows, we may collectively choose to work together longer, or sign a new contract for nanny/babysitting work.
Q: What does a postpartum doula do?
We are trained in the normal postpartum period and specialize in newborn care. Your doula might:
Prepare small meals for the family
Show you how to bathe, feed or care for baby
Assist in light household chores (wash dishes or laundry, prepare bottles, tidy the nursery, etc.)
Offer Sibling support
Basically, we companion new families, offer advice, education, support and comfort. We also make referrals to trusted practitioners and answer questions you may have regarding your newborn or postpartum period.